1. In a post titled "My Last Post
," blogging pioneer Arnold Kling
announced yesterday that after blogging for more than ten years about economics at EconLog
, he has stopped blogging and will switch to "writing in essay format."
Arnold was one of the first economists to use the Internet for writing about economics starting back in December 1997
. Arnold started blogging on a regular basis in January 2002
when his blog was called Great Questions of Economics
. That would have been more than a year and a-half before the legendary economics blog Marginal Revolution
started in August 2003 (according the MR archives). Here's Arnold's first blog post on January 5, 2002 titled Science and Markets
, and another one from January 2002 titled "Crony Capitalism
By 2003, Arnold's website was called EconLog
. From a January 2003 post titled "The Economics of Web Logs
," Arnold wrote that "EconLog should be most helpful to others who share my interest in
teaching economics and observing the use of economics in everyday issues
of individual choice and public policy."
Arnold was later joined in 2005 by George Mason economist Bryan Caplan and in 2008 by economist David Henderson. While economic blogs now are commonplace, they were in their infancy when Arnold started blogging more than a decade ago back in 2002, and we owe him greatly for paving the way for economics to be shared, taught and discussed using the Internet.
In a testament to Arnold's influence, effectiveness, and popularity as
an economist and blogger, read the many complimentary and positive comments
that are pouring in below Arnold's last post from dozens of his fans.
Don Boudreaux comments that this is the "first bit of compelling evidence that I've encountered in favor of the great-stagnation thesis." That statement pretty much sums it all up! Thanks to veteran blogger Arnold Kling for sharing his economic expertise, wisdom and insights with us for more than ten years in the blogosphere.
2. Hudson Institute economist Tim Kane and economist and Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard have recently launched Balanceofeconomics.com
, a blog about America, world history, and the concept of economic